Michelin Alpin 6 review
Excellent wet performance means the Michelin Alpin 6 is well suited to the type of winters we experience in the UK
The Alpin 6 made a strong test debut when we looked at this size in 2019, but it has fallen a little further away from the leaders and has to be happy with a place just outside the podium here.
As we have seen in previous years, the Alpin 6 is not at its best in snow, but that makes it a good candidate for UK conditions. It only beat the struggling Avon in Finland, and was some three per cent behind the test-topping Continental.
That lack of sub-zero performance was compensated by a runner-up result in the wet tests, with podium finishes in the shallow water assessments. The Alpin 6 had a great balance around the wet handling circuit, and it was also best of the rest in braking behind runaway winner Bridgestone. It was less competitive in the dry, but the margins were small. The same sharpness we felt in the wet is there with little push on the throttle, making it easy to find and maintain the line.
Less good were cabin noise and fuel economy. Low rolling resistance was once a Michelin hallmark, but it now delivers a better balance between that and wet grip.
It’s almost as if we’re repeating our verdict on the Alpin 6 from previous tests, because it yet again proves to be a great option for UK winters with its strong wet performance.
Launched at the end of 2018, motorists have been impressed with the tyre’s grip and complete performance. Customers have left an overall score of 4.4/5.
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In this review
- 1IntroductionFor the ultimate in driving safety, you need tyres to suit the season. Our test reveals the best for the British winter
- 2Bridgestone Blizzak LM005Victory in seven out of 11 categories, including strong wet and dry results, put Bridgestone’s Blizzak LM005 beyond doubt
- 3Continental WinterContact TS 870If you’re expecting snow, then the Continental WinterContact delivers the best performance on the white stuff
- 4Hankook Winter i*cept RS2Sharp responses meant the Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 impressed on the dry handling track, but efficiency could be better
- 5Michelin Alpin 6 - currently readingExcellent wet performance means the Michelin Alpin 6 is well suited to the type of winters we experience in the UK
- 6Goodyear UltraGrip Performance +Goodyear’s UltraGrip Performance + tyre is clearly better suited to snow than wet weather, but it also did well in dry braking and had low rolling resistance
- 7Dunlop Winter Sport 5Respectable results in the aquaplaning tests aside, Dunlop’s Winter Sport 5 offering is slipping behind newer rivals
- 8Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6A podium spot for straight-line aquaplaning contrasted with a lowly seventh on the curved test
- 9Avon WV7 SnowWhile Avon’s entry lacked performance, especially in the snow, it proved to be one of the quietest tyres
- 10Results by categoryWhich winter tyre performed well in which area? Our tables reveal all